Friday 02 September, 2016
Femi Falana (SAN) One of Nigeria's legal practitioner/ human rights lawyer has lambasted the Nigerian government over the prosecution of Joachim Chinakwe, a Biafran who named his dog “Buhari”.
In a statement reported by Premium Times Femi Falana described Chinakwe's ordeal as lacking merit and had no place in the Nigerian statute, adding that labelling his dog with his desired name was in exercise of his fundamental rights to free speech which should not be curtailed by the Nigerian state. ''I am going to request the attorney-general of Ogun State to discontinue the frivolous charge.
" It is against the Section 36(9) of the Constitution to charge a man for a criminal offence that is unknown to law,” Mr. Falana said. “It is also illegal to use the machinery of government to harass any citizen.
If the president is aggrieved by the naming of dog after him, he is at liberty to sue for libel. But the police cannot invoke criminal proceeding to intimidate the fellow.”
By Biafra Writers